How To Unclog A Shower Drain (The Easy Way)


If you’ve recently noticed the water backing up when you take take a shower, there’s a good chance your drain is clogged. Over time, hair, mineral deposits, and scum accumulate in the pipes, making it difficult – sometimes even impossible – for water to pass through. Individuals are then forced to shower while standing in a small pool of water. Thankfully, there’s hope on the horizon for people experiencing this problem. To learn how to safely and effectively unclog a shower drain, keep reading.

Step #1) Remove Drain Cover and Strainer

The first step to unclogging a shower drain is to remove the cover and strainer. While each and every drain is different, most modern-day models can be removed with a pair of needle-nose pliers and/or a small Phillip’s-head screwdriver. Inspect your shower drain to see if there are any screws present. If you notice any, use the appropriate screwdriver to remove them. Be sure to place them somewhere safe so you won’t lose them. Next, grab onto the cover with your pliers and pull up. If the cover is stuck, twist it clockwise and then pull.

Some shower drains feature the cover and strainer built into one, but others have the strainer resting underneath the cover. Once the cover is removed, you can typically pull the strainer out with the same pair of needle-nose pliers previously used. Again, keep all of these items in a safe and secure location, as you’ll need to replace them once the clog is removed.

Step #2) Use a Wire Coat Hanger

The second step is to pull out any large clumps of hair and/or debris with a wire coat hanger. Even if this doesn’t remove 100% of the clog, it should still remove the largest clumps of debris located near to the top of the drain. Take a wire coat hanger and stretch it out so it’s a long cane shape with a slight hook at the end. Press it down inside the drain while twisting it before pulling it out. Hopefully, it will catch some of the debris contributing to the clog, at which point you can toss it in the trash.

Step #3) Baking Soda and Vinegar

Remember those towering exploding volcano projects you made back in grade school? These same ingredients can be used to help flush out a clogged drain. Fill up a pitcher with 3 parts white vinegar and 1 part baking soda. Immediately after mixing the two ingredients together, pour them down into the drain. If all goes well, the baking soda and vinegar should create a foamy substance that pushes through the clogged drain.

You can encourage the baking soda and vinegar combination to go down the drain rather than up by plunging it. Place the plunger directly over the drain and pump it a few times. If necessary, pour some boiling water on top to help create a stronger suction with the plunger.

Of course, you can always call a professional plumber to handle your clogged shower drain, but following the steps outlined here should handle even the toughest clogs

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